Thursday, January 31, 2008

Betty Beans


Our sassy Ellie cakes had her 4 year Well Baby appointment today. I realize that this presents a 4 month delay. I originally scheduled this 8 weeks ahead of her actual birthday and even then there wasn't anything available until 4 weeks after her b-day. We missed that one (whoopsy), rescheduled and had to cancel due to her being sick. By the time we were able to get in we were pushed out until the end of January. If our doctor wasn't so amazing it wouldn't be worth it; however, she is the bomb! How's that for a tap dance?!

Dayton volunteered and carefully held Ellie's Torchic toy for her while she stepped on the scale. She weighed in at 38 pounds and is 32 inches tall. Unfortunately this only places her in the 15th percentile for both height and weight. She has slowly been dropping off of the charts and needs to go back in 5 months for a follow up as the doctor is concerned...as are we. Let me assure you despite her tiny stature she is a bull in a china closet!

She weighed 8 pounds 10 ounces at birth and was a chubby cheeked little baby girl! At age 2 she had surgery and dropped from the 80th-90th percentile down to the 30th. She's never recovered on the charts and has slowly dropped down. Dr. Ring said it isn't likely that she'll profit from all 6'8 of her Father's height given these trends.

Dayton gingerly held her hand while the nurse took her blood pressure and he cheered her on while she read the eye chart. She had her Kindergarten shots (all 4 of them!) and was so brave! Dayton encouraged her before the nurse came in to deliver the goods. He gave a rather emotional discourse and assured her that it would all be fine, that it wouldn't hurt and that it would end quickly. He talks with his hands and speaks so matter of factly. He's a great big brother; bright, tender and charming!

Our patient wiped her tears, picked out a sticker and fell asleep in the car! She got a clean bill from the doc otherwise and enjoyed picking out yummy treats at the grocery store. Both of my moonbeams are now with their Dad now through Sunday night. *Insert trying-not-to-be-sad sigh here*

On the B Side: I am just grateful. Grateful for the love I feel. Grateful for my family. Grateful that we can be together. Grateful for our health. Grateful that we have access to medical care. Grateful to be who I am, grateful for my life and grateful for the blessings that surround me. I love, love, love my family.

4 shout outs:

Clancy Passey said...

Precious, precious children. I love that picture of her. She is so beautiful. I love the mental image of Dayton holding her hand while her blood pressure gets taken! That is so great. *Hugs* -C

Fiagle Family said...

She is too cute. I admire you so much for always being so positive and uplifting. and love your insert!! How is that going? You seem so happy and so thats what I think truely matters most!

amanda said...

Britta,
I don't know if you remember me or not but I was thinking about you the other day. I hope things are well. I found your blog through a post you left on Amber's blog. My little boy just turned 4 today. Can you believe how fast they grow. Amanda

Britta said...

Amanda! Of course I remember you!!! Don't be so silly! HOW ARE YOU?! I think I still have your phone number. We need to connect. Do you have a blog that you use?